Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability Welcomes Royalty

HRH The Earl of Wessex Opens new wing of Haberdasher’s House

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During the visit, His Royal Highness, who also met patients, residents and staff, heard how the TRS, the first of its kind in the UK, enables brain injured people with differing functional, communication and cognitive abilities to take responsibility for their everyday activities and prepare for independent living.

Haberdasher’s House, originally funded by the said Worshipful Company, is situated in a residential estate outside the main grounds of the RHN. It comprises purpose-specific accommodation that allows people to safely explore new skills and strategies in a real life setting. A team of rehabilitation assistants carry out the treatment plans and follow guidelines written by therapists, constantly supporting and encouraging residents to look after themselves.

Angus Somerville, Chief Executive at the RHN, said:
“We are delighted that His Royal Highness came to visit us to open the TRS extension. The design of the new studio apartments has been built, literally and metaphorically on the knowledge and expertise we gained in the original building.  We hope the TRS service will become yet another important stage in the journey towards independent living for more people.”

April 27, 2010